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the Cost of Emergency Room Visits for Illness

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$ 125
Jun 2007
Oakland, CA
vomiting and shaking
HMO Emergency Room Visit  more... close row
$ 29
Feb 2008
Houston, TX
high blood pressure
Never treated for high blood pressure  more... close row
$ 598
Sep 2007
Everett, WA
Musculoskeletal Chest Pain
Pain in chest with pre-existing heart condition  more... close row

Description of service

Admission to the Emergency Room for pain in my chest. I have a pre-existing heart condition so they hurried me through Triage and got me a bed in very short order, despite the fact that I told them my pain felt like it was in the muscles of my sternum. I guess they have to quickly rule out worst case scenarios. I knew I wasn't having a heart attack. I was in so much pain that I knew I'd be unable to sleep. Tests done: Blood draw, urine sample, chest X-ray, Electrocardiogram. I left with a prescription for narcotic pain meds after being there less than 3 hours. I've been in Emergency Rooms before and that is a fairly speedy time frame. I was surprised when the bill came and wasn't over a thousand dollars. I think this is the first time I've been to the Emergency Room and not had a bill that exceeded a thousand dollars.

Review of Service

The doctor was knowledgeable and had very good bedside manner. He was curious about my heart condition since it is genetic and a little on the rare side. The nurses and techs were very nice as well. They were efficient in completing the tests. Overall, as good of an Emergency Room visit as it gets.


When an X-ray tech asks if you're pregnant don't say "oh I hope not!" They don't find it funny and refuse to take an X-ray until you take a pregnancy test. The best tip when dealing with a situation that involves going to an Emergency Room is don't panic and be very patient as well as polite. You get really good service if you're a pleasure to deal with.

$ 19
Sep 2007
Seattle, WA
Local Health Cooperative Emergency Room Visit  more... close row
$ 3755
Apr 2008
Ashland, Ky
kidney infection
Bad kidney infection  more... close row
$ 440
Jun 2008
Loma Linda, CA
Cat bite on wrist
Infection from cat bite  more... close row
$ 100
Apr 2008
Columbus, Ohio
Stomach Flu
Long wait for stomach flu treatment  more... close row
$ 100
Apr 2008
Ashland, KY
Pain all over, Fainting
Kidney infection sent wife to the emergency room  more... close row
$ 1083
Feb 2008
Highlands, NC
Withdrawal from pain medication
Withdrawal from pain medication  more... close row
$ 1000
May 2008
Akron OH
Stomach pain
Emergency room visists expensive but necessary  more... close row
$ 721
Nov 2007
Blue Ridge, Ga
105 temperature
Emergency room visit for son with 105 fever  more... close row
$ 275
Dec 2007
Pine Bluff, AR
swollen cheek, looked like mumps
Did not get to see a doctor at the emergency room  more... close row